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The suspicion of virtue : women philosophers in neoclassical France / John J. Conley.

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Author/Creator:
Conley, John J., author.
Publication:
Ithaca, New York ; London : Cornell University Press, [2002]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (xi, 222 pages)
Subjects:
Women philosophers -- France -- Biography.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
In English.
Summary:
The salon was of particular importance in mid- to late-seventeenth-century France, enabling aristocratic women to develop a philosophical culture that simultaneously reflected and opposed the dominant male philosophy. In The Suspicion of Virtue, John J. Conley, S. J., explores the moral philosophies developed by five women authors of that milieu: Madame de Sablé, Madame Deshoulières, Madame de la Sabliére, Mlle de la Vallière, and Madame de Maintenon. Through biography, extensive translation, commentary, and critical analysis, The Suspicion of Virtue presents the work of women who participated in the philosophical debates of the early modern period but who have been largely erased from the standard history of philosophy. Conley examines the various literary genres (maxim, ode, dialogue) in which these authors presented their moral theory. He also unveils the philosophical complexity of the arguments presented by these women and of the salon culture that nurtured their preoccupations. Their pointed critiques of virtue as a mask of vice, Conley asserts, are relevant to current controversy over the revival of virtue theory by contemporary ethicians.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface
Note on Translation
CHAPTER I. Introduction: Salon Philosophy
CHAPTER II. Madame de Sablé: A Jansenist Code of Moderation
CHAPTER III. Madame Deshoulières: A Naturalist Creed
CHAPTER IV. Madame de la Sablière: The Ethics of the Desert
CHAPTER V. Mademoiselle de la Vallière: The Logic of Mercy
CHAPTER VI. Madame de Maintenon: A Moral Pragmatism
CHAPTER VII. Conclusion: Unmasking Virtue
APPENDIX A. Maximes de Madame de Sablé
APPENDIX B. Reflexions diverses de Madame Deshoulières
APPENDIX C. Maximes Chrétiennes de Madame de la Sablière
APPENDIX D. Sur les vertus cardinales de Madame de Maintenon
Notes
Works Cited
Index
Notes:
Con appendici.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
1-5017-2265-4
OCLC:
1083605401
Publisher Number:
10.7591/9781501722653 doi
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